The Palestinians are pressuring whomever they can in an attempt to block the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Palestinians have been feverishly working to thwart a pending announcement by President Donald Trump that the US officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
According to reports, Trump will make the announcement on Wednesday, while signing a waiver that postpones the moving of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas has been in contact with several world leaders to assess the situation and encourage them to take action in order not to allow for those initiatives to materialize into a new political reality, the Palestinian official WAFA news agency reported.
The leaders to whom Abbas is appealing to discuss the consequences of such a move include Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and leaders of other Islamic and Gulf countries. According to media reports, his supplications have yielded little if any support.
Abbas on Sunday instructed Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki to hold two urgent meetings on the issue with the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to discuss the situation.
Al-Malki said that a US move on Jerusalem would make the US lose its central place in the peace process as “a biased country to the Israeli occupation.”